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Shellacked: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: C Back on the silver screen with big, gawky teeth rendered in detailed motion-capture glory, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is loud, incoherently directed, brash, obnoxious and packed with enough product placement to fill a NASCAR track. Which is to say, it’s kind of exactly what a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie should be, for good or ill.  ...   More
 
Friday, August 8, 2014 by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: One Of Us

The real monsters of Freaks.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The 1932 film Freaks (5th Avenue Cinema; 9 pm Friday, Aug. 8; free) is a certified classic. This landmark film assembled a cast of real circus workers—including dwarves, a bearded lady, a ��   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Acid-dropping nuns, Prince and dirt bikes


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AP Film Studies’ summer break continues, but once again there is homework. Please study these films, and when we return there will be a discussion of the Spielbergian implications of twee ja   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 AP KRYZA

Michigan Coney Island Hot Dogs: Because Brooklyn's Got Nothing to Do With It

The 50 Plates tour continues with the Coney Island heart attack at Nick's and Roake's

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Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each s...   More
 
Sunday, July 27, 2014 by AP KRYZA

Mind Warped: Lucy Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: B Enjoying the gonzo action yarn Lucy hinges on your ability to accept the film’s central premise: That human beings are only able to use 10 percent of the brain’s capacity, and that unlocking the remaining power of the mind could mean unleashing tremendous power.  That, of course, is bullshit, a scientific myth often falsely attributed to Einstein that h...   More
 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 by AP KRYZA

A Most Wanted Man

The spy who bored me.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Had it been released a year ago, nobody would have taken notice of A Most Wanted Man, a gratingly bland espionage thriller set in post-9/11 Hamburg. But director Anton Corbijn’s thriller happens   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Also Showing 7/23/14

Surfing, Superman and BB guns.


Movie Reviews & Stories
AP Film Studies is currently on a two-week summer vacation, but because Professor Kryza is a jerk, you have homework. Here’s what’s playing in Portland’s repertory theaters this week. Th   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Hickey Theater

The NW Film Center brings drive-in nostalgia to Portland.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The drive-in movie theater is a magical place from a bygone era. It’s where Dottie planned the ultimate seduction of Pee-wee. It’s where teenagers get lucky in their parents’ minivans. It   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AP KRYZA

Monkey Business: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: B+
At one point in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a chimp rides through a fiery war zone on horseback, a machine in each hand. Eventually, he jumps on a tank, throttles the driver and takes control.  As awesome as that sounds—and it’s pretty fucking awesome—it also makes it sound patently absurd to declare Dawn of the Planet of the Apes perhap...   More
 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Swayze Says

The Tao of Point Break and Road House.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Patrick Swayze may have gone to that big bar fight in the sky, but his wisdom remains. For he, friends, is like the wind. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallThis weekend, Cartopia—another legendary entit   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 AP KRYZA
 

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